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United Way Stuff the Bus Campaign

United Way of Montgomery, Radford and Floyd is kicking off its fifth annual Stuff the Bus campaign on July 1st. Stuff the Bus is a school supply drive for children in need in the New River Valley. Donation locations are available all around the community with drop bins designated at the entrances of these locations July 1st through July 31st.

Montgomery: Walmart, Big Lots, and Kroger on South Main St. in Blacksburg.

Radford: Radford Public Library and Radford Rec. Center.

Floyd: Floyd Pharmacy, Dollar General, and Slaughter’s Supermarket.

In addition to the month-long donation locations, a Stuff the Bus Event will take place Saturday, July 26th. A school bus will be parked at the Christiansburg Walmart, Radford Public Library, and Floyd County Courthouse from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. On this day the community is urged to “stuff the bus” to help local children be sent to school prepared to learn.

All items received in a specific community collection location will be distributed to children in need in that community. All donations stay local to serve the needs of children in this community.

In 2013, residents across the New River Valley donated 7,500 items and served 565 children. Although last year’s Stuff the Bus campaign was a huge success, more children need our help. Please join us in our efforts to provide school supplies for children in our community.

Items Needed: Backpacks, Lunchboxes, Binders, Folders with pockets, Spiral notebooks, Notebook paper, Erasable ballpoint pens, No. 2 pencils, Highlighters, Pens, Pink erasers, Safety scissors, Washable markers, Colored pencils/Crayons, Glue sticks, Pointed scissors, Ruler, 3” x 5” Index cards, 5-tab index dividers, 3 or 5-subject spiral notebooks, Protractors, Compasses, Graph paper, Calculators, etc.

If your family needs assistance with school supplies for your children, or you would like additional information, please contact United Way of Montgomery, Radford and Floyd at (540)381-2066 or by email at info@unitedwaynrv.org.

LETTER CARRIERS PICKING UP PRECIOUS CARGO

The National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) will conduct its 22nd annual food drive to combat hunger on Saturday, May 10. Letter carriers will collect non-perishable food donations on that day as they deliver mail along their postal routes.

It is the nation’s largest single-day food drive, and is held annually on the second Saturday in May in 10,000 cities and towns in all 50 states. Last year, letter carriers collected 74 million pounds of food donations along their postal routes, bringing the total to more than a billion pounds for the NALC’s food drive, which began in 1992.

The Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive never has been more important than in these times, with hunger a growing problem – affecting about 50 million people around the country, including 16 million children and five million senior citizens. 1 in 6 Americans are unsure where their next meal is coming from. Pantry shelves that were filled up through winter-holiday generosity often are bare by late spring. And, with most school meal programs suspended during summer months, millions of children must find alternate sources of nutrition. These donations go directly to local food pantries to provide food to people in our own community. read more

On Saturday, May 10, the nation’s 175,000 letter carriers will collect the donations residents leave near their mail boxes, as they deliver mail. People are encouraged to leave a sturdy bag containing non-perishable foods, such as canned soup, canned vegetables, canned meats and fish, pasta, rice or cereal next to their mailbox before the regular mail delivery on Saturday.

On a local level, the New River Valley Letter Carries collected over 30,000 pounds of food last year. Food Operation Coordinator for the main Christiansburg office, James Mann commented, “Seeing the community work together in all areas, even rural ones such as Pilot and Riner, is so full-filling. Each citizen is helping a family with a basic need that stays in our community.”

The NALC hopes to set a record in donations this year with its support from the United Way and other sponsors throughout the country. Some of the local beneficiaries include: Montgomery County Emergency Assistance Program, The Shawsville Lay Ministerial Association Pantry, United Way MRF, Floyd Emergency Assistance Program, and Radford Fairlawn Daily Bread.

For additional information about the food drive, contact the local United Way of Montgomery, Radford & Floyd office at (540) 381-2066 or by email at info@unitedwaynrv.org.

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United Way Presents 4th Annual Casino Night

Feeling lucky? United Way of Montgomery, Radford and Floyd will hold their fourth annual Casino Night on Saturday, May 10th. The fundraiser will be held at the German Club Manor in Blacksburg, Virginia. Festivities begin at 7:00 pm and end at 11:30 pm.

Guests will enjoy live music, dancing, a full buffet that will feature items like a sushi station and mac n’cheese bar, cash bars, a photo booth, silent auction, black jack, Texas hold’ em, and roulette tables as well as a guest favorite, River City Horse Racing!

Some of this year’s prizes include: a Salsa 2013 Colossal road bike, a football and mini helmet autographed by coach Frank Beamer, two footballs autographed by current NFL, retired NFL and Virginia tech players, a VIP cellar tour and tasting for four at Attimo Winery, one-of-a-kind handmade jewelry, and much more. Last year’s lucky guests won over $10,000 worth of prizes – maybe this is your lucky year?” read more

All proceeds from this event will benefit the local human and health building efforts of United Way and the 26 local charities they support. These charities include the Free Clinic of the NRV, NR Family Shelter, Women’s Resource Center, Intellectual Disabilities Agency of the NRV, NRV CARES and many more.

Casino Night attire is formal so please come dressed to impress. Tickets are $60 per person or $100 per couple. Check out our NEW website at www.unitedwaycasinonight.com and reserve your tickets today.

A special thank you to United Way’s Casino Night sponsors: 94.9 Star Country, Campus Automotive, AesirTech Consulting, Old Town Printing, Shelor Motor Mile and Edward Jones, Financial Advisor Jonathan Rosche. Sponsorship are still available, if you or anyone you know would like to sponsor this exciting event that helps our community building efforts, please contact us at (540) 381-2066.

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2014 Bill Roth Day

On Saturday, January 11th Cassell Coliseum had some special fans in the audience. 125 youth and their chaperons cheered on the Virginia Tech Men's basketball team for the annual Bill Roth's Kids Day event, partnered with United Way of Montgomery, Radford and Floyd. This year marked the 12th year for the event which has nearly doubled in size over the past few years.

Participating partner agencies included; Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Southwest Virginia, New River Family Shelter, Girl Scouts VA Skyline Council, Intellectual Disabilities Agency, Boys and Girls Club, Boys Scouts and Cub Scouts (Blue Ridge Mountains Council.) All guests were give a ticket to the game, lunch with a milkshake, t-shirt, and a photo session with the Hokie Bird. read more

New River Valley Director of Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Tim Reynolds stated, “We would like to thank Bill Roth and United Way for allowing us to take part in this wonderful event. January is Mentor Awareness month and this experience gave our matches a great opportunity to celebrate together. We had 30 individuals take advantage of the opportunity in our group alone. We enjoyed cheering on the Virginia Tech Hokies and meeting the Hokie bird after the event. Many of our children were even able to get autographs from players, coaches and the Hokie Bird. Experiences like this one will forever be in the minds of these children and being on a college campus inspires them to imagine themselves there one day.”

Roth concluded, “There's something special, almost magical, about attending an ACC basketball game. It was wonderful to see kids, who otherwise might not have the chance to ever attend an ACC game in person, enjoy such a memorable day. We do our best to roll-out the red carpet and make each child feel special, and judging by the post game grins, it was a fantastic experience for each of them. This is a true team effort and we appreciate the continued support from Virginia Tech Athletics and Bull & Bones and all our United Way partner-agency representatives who served as chaperones for our group of very special young people."

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Toys from the Heart program a huge success!

United Way of Montgomery, Radford and Floyd’s annual Toys from the Heart program was a huge success thanks to the generosity of donors throughout the New River Valley. This year with the help of several local businesses and nonprofits, United Way helped 435 families receive assistance this holiday season. Over 300 children received toys through our Toys from the Heart program and 435 people enjoyed a Christmas meal that included a turkey or ham with the assistance for our Holiday Meal Box program.

Toys from the Heart is a Christmas assistance program that serves families with children under the age of 18. The program ensures that families experiencing financial difficulties receive assistance during the winter holidays. Upon approval, families are able to shop for toys, sports equipment, school supplies, and personal items for their children. The program also offers families a live or artificial Christmas tree, the option to cut down a tree at a local tree farm, and a dinner box that includes all the holiday essentials, including a turkey or ham! read more

Marcela Jara, Programs Coordinator at United Way of Montgomery, Radford and Floyd, expressed her gratitude for the program, “We sincerely appreciate each person who contributed. This program is about so much more than toys. It’s about a mother’s relief in knowing her community cares about her and her family when she has experienced a stressful and hard year. It’s about the feeling of knowing you are helping someone else. It’s about a child being able to enjoy Christmas and not be worried because they see their parents upset. It’s about the true meaning of the holiday season and making a difference.”

Toys from the Heart is a collaborative effort of several local nonprofits. New River Community Action and United Way conducted eligibility screenings throughout the NRV while Knights of Columbus maintained donated items and coordinated shopping efforts for participants.

United Way of Montgomery, Radford and Floyd is extremely thankful for everyone who participated in this program; the Knights of Columbus, Toys for Tots, New River Community Action, Montgomery County Social Services, the Christmas Store, Belmont Christian Church, local businesses, churches, and community members that dropped off generous donations. Thank you for your generosity and making a difference in our community!

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